The Secret Life of Pets (franchise)

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The Secret Life of Pets
Original workThe Secret Life of Pets
Owned byUniversal Pictures (via Illumination)
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)
  • Norman Television (2016)
  • Weenie (2016)
  • Super Gidget (2019)
Games
Video game(s)The Secret Life of Pets: Unleashed
Miscellaneous
Theme park attraction(s)The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!

The Secret Life of Pets is an American animated media franchise created by Illumination. Directed by Chris Renaud, the series stars the voices of Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell and Dana Carvey among others. The first film, The Secret Life of Pets, was released on July 8, 2016 and received positive reviews from critics. The second film, The Secret Life of Pets 2, was released on June 7, 2019 in the US and received mixed reviews from critics. The series has grossed $1.3 billion so far.

The films follow a group of domesticated house pets who embark on various adventures outside of the comfort of their apartment complex.

Films[edit]

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)[edit]

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)[edit]

Max faces some major changes after his owner Katie gets married and now has a child named Liam, much to his dismay, up to the point he becomes overprotective. On a family trip to the countryside, Max meets a farm dog named Rooster, and both attempt to overcome his fears. Meanwhile, Gidget tries to rescue Max's favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment, and Snowball sets on a mission with Shih Tzu Daisy to free a white tiger named Hu from a circus.


Short films[edit]

Norman Television (2016)[edit]

Included as a mini-movie on The Secret Life of Pets' home media release, the short focuses around Norman from the film as he wanders the vents of Max's apartment and watches various scenarios of the residents.

Weenie (2016)[edit]

Included as the second mini-movie on The Secret Life of Pets' home media release, it features a world of anthropomorphic sausages in which the Mayor shows a little sausage named Timmy how great it is to be a weenie.

Super Gidget (2019)[edit]

Included as a mini-movie on The Secret Life of Pets 2's home media release. The plot focuses on the character Gidget imagining herself as a superhero and saving Max from an army of squirrels.[1]

Video games[edit]

The Secret Life of Pets: Unleashed[edit]

A free-to-play mobile game developed by Electronic Arts, titled The Secret Life of Pets: Unleashed, was released in summer 2016. It was a match-3 game which featured the characters as one has its own level. In the game you combine different toys to earn points. The game was removed from the App Store and Google Play Store on May 22, 2017, same day as Minions Paradise.

Theme park attraction[edit]

In April 2019, Universal Studios Hollywood announced a new attraction entitled The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! which was set to open on March 27, 2020.[2][3] However, the opening was postponed indefinitely due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.[4]

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release Date Box Office Gross All Time Ranking Budget References
Domestic Foreign Worldwide Domestic Worldwide
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 $368,384,330 $507,073,607 $875,457,937 46 67 $75 million [5]
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 $158,257,265 $271,176,898 $429,434,163 336 293 $80 million [6]
Total $526,430,585 $777,073,607 $1,303,504,192 $155 million [7]

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Secret Life of Pets 73% (227 reviews)[8] 61 (39 reviews)[9] A-[10]
The Secret Life of Pets 2 60% (154 reviews)[11] 55 (26 reviews)[12] A-[10]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films Short films
The Secret Life of Pets The Secret Life of Pets 2 Norman Television Super Gidget
2016 2019 2016 2019
Max Louis C.K. Patton Oswalt Patton Oswalt
Duke Eric Stonestreet
Snowball Kevin Hart
Gidget Jenny Slate Jenny Slate
Chloe Lake Bell
Pops Dana Carvey
Buddy Hannibal Buress
Mel Bobby Moynihan Bobby Moynihan
Katie Ellie Kemper
Norman Chris Renaud
Sweetpea Tara Strong
Tiberius Albert Brooks
Ozone Steve Coogan
Tattoo Michael Beattie
Molly Kiely Renaud
Daisy Tiffany Haddish
Liam Henry Lynch
Rooster Harrison Ford
Sergei Nick Kroll
Lead Wolf Michael Beattie
Cat Lady Meredith Salenger
Chuck Pete Holmes
Harold Danny Mann
Marilyn Lori Alan
Infestor Gilbert Gottfried

Crew[edit]

Year Film Directed by Co-Directed by Produced by Written by Music by Edited by Production Company Distributed by
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Chris Renaud Yarrow Cheney Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio Alexandre Desplat Ken Schretzmann Illumination Universal Pictures
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Jonathan del Val Brian Lynch Tiffany Hillkurtz

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/home-entertainment/secret-life-of-pets-2-comes-home-to-sit-n-stay/
  2. ^ Glenn, Brian (April 10, 2019). ""The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!" coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2020". Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Aguilar, Matthew (February 20, 2020). "The Secret Life of Pets:Off the Leash Ride Opening Date Announced by Universal Studios". Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Fadroski, Kelli (March 16, 2020). "Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk close businesses due to coronavirus". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets (2016) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  6. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets Movies at the Box Office - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  8. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  11. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 6, 2019.